A fatal accident involving a pedestrian on northbound I‑25 near Castle Rock caused major backup during morning rush hour on Tuesday.
According to Colorado State Patrol, around 6 AM a vehicle struck and killed an individual walking on the interstate near Happy Canyon Road. All lanes were immediately closed as emergency crews rushed to the tragic scene.
While one lane reopened within 30 minutes, the bottleneck persisted for over an hour past nearby exits. Traffic expert Jayson Luber warned of significant delays stretching past Founders Parkway. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also responded to help direct heavy traffic around the multiple first responders.
It wasn’t until 8:40 AM that the last lane finally cleared, though some residual delays lingered. Drivers faced lengthy diversions along alternate routes like Happy Canyon and Daniels Park Road to avoid the mess.
As rush hour commenced, even Santa Fe Drive grew crowded. An investigation now aims to determine the circumstances surrounding the auto-pedestrian collision that cut off a vital highway without notice.